Steelers Fall Just Short in PreSeason Opener Against Eagles

Alex Henery was the Eagle’s hero last night as his 51-yard field goal soared through the uprights and lifted the Eagles to a 24-23 victory over the Steelers in the teams’ preseason opener. With only 1:57 left in the game, Trent Edwards led the Eagles on an 11-play drive to get within field goal range and set up Henery’s kick. With only 12 seconds left on the clock, the Eagles grabbed their victory.

The same crowd that chanted for Andy Reid’s dismissal last year after a crushing loss to the Patriots was supportive of the Eagles during this game, as their coach Andy Reid only learned two days ago that his son had been found dead in his dorm room at Lehigh University. Reid took the field to chants of “Andy! Andy! Andy!” from the supportive crowd.

Despite the loss, there’s little reason to worry about the Steelers so far this year. Ben Roethlisberger only threw one series for the Steelers during the game, but converted easily on a 16-play scoring drive. Taking the reins for Big Ben was rookie Nick Foles, who converted two long touchdown passes to put the Steelers on the board in the third quarter.

But Michael Vick’s performance should cause some sleepless nights for Eagles fans. Vick was sent to the bench after he failed to make anything happen on offense (three and out in both of his drives). Vick also suffered two near-injuries after banging his thumb on Jason Kelce’s helmet, and hurting himself during his final throw. According to Vick, the X-rays came back negative and he should practice on Saturday.

The Steelers next take on the Indianapolis Colts on August 19th at 8:00 PM ET. The Steelers will host the Colts at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh Steelers tickets are still available for the 8/19 game in Pittsburgh.